The Orlando Magic and Tobias Harris couldn't agree to terms on a contract extension before Halloween, meaning Harris will become a restricted free agent in July and calling into question his long-term future with the team. But as John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes, free agency isn't wearing on Harris.
"I'm not worried about [free agency] at all," said Harris, according to Denton. "I just want to help my team be the best that we can be."
Through nine games of the 2014/15 season, his second full campaign with the Magic, Harris ranks third on the team in scoring (16.9 per game) and second in rebounding (8.3).
While those per-game numbers look solid, it's important to examine them a bit more closely. Harris is playing a new role following the arrivals of free-agent signee Channing Frye and first-round Draft choice Aaron Gordon. In his first season-plus in Orlando, Harris played primarily at power forward, exploiting opposing fours with his quickness advantage. But as a result of logging more time at small forward, Harris has seen his True Shooting drop to 50.5 percent and his turnovers spike to three per game.
That's what's happening on the court. Off it, it's fair to question whether Orlando has the resources to make Harris a competitive offer. The Magic have Gordon and Frye under their control for the next three seasons, Nik Vučević signed a lucrative extension before the season began, and Victor Oladipo will be due an extension of his own two summers down the line. But Harris, as Denton says, isn't fazed.
"I just go out there and play basketball. I'll let everything else handle itself," said the former Tennessee Volunteer.